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Gerald Moore

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Gerald Moore CBE (30 July 1899 – 13 March 1987) was an English pianist best known as one of the most in-demand accompanists of his day, accompanying many of the world’s most famous musicians. During the course of his career Moore was largely responsible for raising the profile of the accompanist as a musician and partner in performance. The list of his regular collaborators reads like a Who’s Who of classical music in the mid 20th Century, but his most famous collaborations were with singers, particularly accompanying art song (lieder).

Moore was born in Watford but received most of his musical education in Toronto, Canada, to which country his family emigrated when he was a child, and where he was an organist at St Thomas’ Church, Huron Street, in Toronto.

He accompanied notable instrumentalists such as Pablo Casals, Yehudi Menuhin, Jacqueline du Pré, Solomon and Josef Hassid, but is best remembered for his long-standing partnerships with singers including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, Elisabeth Schumann, Maggie Teyte and Kathleen Ferrier.

He also gave lectures on stage and radio and wrote about music, publishing the highly influential The Unashamed Accompanist followed by a admired memoir Am I Too Loud?: Memoirs of An Accompanist in 1962. He published two other volumes of autobiography: Farewell Recital: Further Memoirs (1978) and Furthermoore (1983).

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